GEORGE FRANCIS TRAIN (March 24, 1829-January 5, 1904) was an American entrepreneur who organized the clipper ship line, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Credit Mobilier to construct the eastern portion of the Transcontinental Railroad. He ran for President against Lincoln in 1864, but no votes were recorded in his favor. He also ran in 1868 and in 1872. In 1872, he was jailed for having defended Victoria Woodhull against obscenity charges for having published a story in her newspaper about an alleged adulterous affair.
Train supported women’s suffrage and the temperance movement and became the principal funder of Anthony’s newspaper. She credited him with the 9,000 votes in support of a women's suffrage amendment (that was a lot of votes in the sparsely-populated new state).
Offering two unusual items from this unusual and eccentric man: a free-franked envelope with a Boston, Mass, Oct. 29, 1889 postmark, signed George Francis Train Hotel Brawley cell to Boston Jail. Cover is addressed to Albert Johannsen. Plus, ANS, “Good for Thousand Dollars at next centennial Geo Francis Train Hotel Brawley Boston Jail Cell”
Light toning, minor soiling, but very strong and two fine examples from this presidential candidate, supporter of women’s suffrage and wealthy businessman.
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